The seedlings resulting from the pairing of the floriferous and compact little species P. forrestii and the large, and equally floriferous P. duclouxii have been my favorites, hands down, in the foliage category. I love the foliage on these little guys! The leaves on these seedlings look like large P. forrestii leaves, but are incredibly furry....the hairs on the leaves are dense, long, and very soft. I have always believed the plants should be experienced with all of the senses, including the sense of touch. One of the endearing charms of many Petrocosmeas is the way the foliage feels when it is touched. These seedlings have among the softest, if not the softest foliage of any in my collection. P. duclouxii has long, soft hairs on the dorsal of the leaves, so I was happy to see that they inherited this feature.
Now as for the flowers, I honestly was not expecting anything spectacular here, since I fing the flowers of both parent species to be nothing special. I made the cross with a goal of a heavily flowered, very symmetrical plant, that did not sucker and was easy to grow. I can't say that I have acheived any of those qualities with just a lone flower on one of twenty seedlings, but there are lots of buds coming, so I am still hopeful of floriferous plants. The flower, as you can see above, is a smaller version of the flower on P. duclouxii. I see no sign of P. forrestii in the flower, other than the flowers' reduced size and less prominent purple blotch at the throat (which P. duclouxii is noted for.).
The journey continues!!!!